Co-op Education Program
What is Co-op?
Co-operative Education is an academic program that blends on-campus learning with practical applied learning. Students alternate study terms with paid, monitored work-terms in professional industry, non-profit, private business, and public sector organizations.
Co-op is a flexible, cost-effective partnership between employers, educators and students. Typically, Co-op work terms are four, eight or twelve months of full-time, paid employment beginning in May, September or January.
For more information on the Co-op Program, visit Co-operative Education.
How do we help?
Our Co-op Coordinators assist organizations with finding the most suitable candidate for work term. They will post your position, organize and host multiple forms of interviews, assist with follow-up and offers of employment.
There are no fees for these services.
What would be your responsibilities?
Hiring a student as a Co-op student does not require much more work on the employer’s behalf than hiring a non-co-op student. Added responsibilities include:
- Completing an evaluation of the student’s work term
- Participating in a site visit by a Co-op Education Coordinator around the middle of the student’s work term
What are the benefits of hiring a Co-op student?
- Flexible access to a pre-screened talented pool of students who will bring a positive attitude towards working and learning.
- Cost-effective and efficient means of evaluating prospective future employees' potential.
- Optimal workforce management utilizing Co-op students to fill temporary job openings, work on specific projects, free up permanent staff for other projects or ease the load during the busy season.
- Co-op students bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm, and provide fresh perspective and new ideas.
- Co-op students often have advanced computer skills they can transfer to permanent staff.